Patrick is an IT Project manager and member of SAP's Autism at work program. He has become quite the spokesman for the program and has been featured in many news stories.
He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communications and high honors, but then struggled to find a job after graduation. "I eventually learned about SAP’s Autism at Work Program and became not only a part of it, but a major representative for it," he tells us.
For instance, he spoke at the United Nations in April at their World Autism Awareness Day, telling his personal story. SAP has committed to hire 1% of workforce from people on the autistic spectrum.
"The opportunity that SAP has granted me has changed my life," he tells us. "For the first time, I can support myself financially. I feel that I have a purpose when I wake up in the morning and that I am making a difference when I help my co-workers on their projects."
"I travel out to California on business, working with our fellow SAP colleagues in Palo Alto and experiencing new opportunities that I could only have dreamed of," he says.